MIRI: The Sepupok junction in Niah will be upgraded as part of the state government’s plan to improve the coastal road network.
The project will include broadening the road, installing traffic lights, signboards, street lights and road signs using the ‘all weather thermoplastic road marking’ system.
Assistant Minister of Coastal Road Datuk Julaihi Narawi said the Sepupok junction is part of the coastal road package that will be upgraded and it was identified as an accident prone area.
According to him, the RM3.5 million Sepupok junction project is still at the proposal stage and there are two more ‘killer’ junctions that will be looked into, namely the Bungai and Saeh junctions.
I hope to get the allocation as soon as possible so that we can start with the project because during my previous visits, I already saw how heavy the traffic volumes are along this coastal road (Miri-Niah) so I hope with this road junction upgrade, traffic congestion will be reduced and it will be safer for road users. This project will be given priority because road users’ safety is our utmost concern, he added during his site visit at Sepupok junction, about 70 kilometres from Miri city yesterday.
Julaihi added that the coastal road network will bring significant growth flows to Sarawak’s socio-economic development and is a catalyst for development in the rural and coastal towns where the roads will reduce the cost of transportation and logistics for marine and agriculture produce from the coastal areas.
Earlier, Julaihi and Miri Public Works Department (JKR) divisional engineer Chong Chi Fam briefed local residents on the coastal road infrastructure and projects at Sibuti community hall.
Julaihi called on the people to continue to support the Barisan Nasional government to ensure continuous development for the country.
Also present at the function were Assistant Minister of Women, Family and Childhood Development Rosey Yunus, Miri Resident Sherrina Husaini, deputy Resident Nyurak Keti, Sibuti Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate Lukanisman Awang Sauni, JKR engineer Ting Sie Loh, Subis acting District officer Minggu Jampong, political secretary to the chief minister Sharkawi Suhaili, local councillors and local community leaders.
Source: Sarawak Government